Tuesday, April 20, 2010
We're All Counting On You
Howard will get the start in net, but needs to be on a short leash. He gave up a goal too quickly Game 3, and was out of position consistently. He looked like the future in the regular season, now he is looking like Manny Legace. He wasn't helped by the defense with two awful neutral zone turnovers and sloppy puck carrying. The game was sloppy non Red Wing hockey. It was there, but only in flashes. I went away from the game with a bad taste in my mouth.
I believe this is Lidstrom's and Draper's final go at a Cup. Lidstrom isn't playing at an elite level anymore, and next year he could be a shell of his former self. Draper just looks old and his skills have eroded. He can be replaced nicely with Helm. Luckily, Detroit opted for Abdelkader over Jason Williams (who I won't ever understand why we resigned him) and instantly paid off.
Without their best player, the Coyotes are more vulnerable. But they have a lot more veteran depth than you think and a Vezina finalist in net. The Wings need to possess the puck more and get more good shots. Those shots they take from the side of the net aren't working. Bryzgalov gives up some big rebounds and the Wings need more people floating around the circles in front of the net. The Coyotes are being more physical, and the Wings need to knock that off. They aren't a gritty team, but somebody hit somebody. If the Wings don't win tonight, then we can start panicking. But right now we need to keep our championship composure and take Game 4.